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HEARTBREAKING BACKLASH TO EQUALITY
Around the country, there has been a backlash to the movement for liberty and equality for gender and sexual minorities. New forms of inclusion have been met with reactionary exclusion. This is heartbreaking. Sadly, it is also familiar.Justice Sonia Sotomayor
The recent rulings of the Supreme Court have been nothing short of devastating, casting a regressive shadow of profound disappointment. Xochitl Gonzalez, author of the novel Olga Dies Dreaming, wrote about the ruling and how it signals a departure from elite multiculturalism for the Atlantic. Last month also brought a ruling in the same-sex wedding website case, granting businesses the constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class. In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor emphasized the incredible and tragic potential of this ruling. She reminds us of “when the civil rights and women’s rights movements sought equality in public life, some public establishments refused.” For Refinery29, writer Tasha Sandoval connected the heartbreaking ruling on affirmative action to her own college experience, illustrating the thread that continuously and sometimes unexpectedly connects the personal and political.
BEYOND PRIDE MONTH
Féminas is advocating and fighting to recover the rights that were stolen from us because we are transgender women.Mia Anaya, Féminas Perú
As corporations take down their rainbow merch, it’s important to remember Pride should never be limited to a single month. While the visibility and celebration of LGBTQ+ rights during Pride Month are crucial, true inclusivity requires continuous support and advocacy year-round. It is essential to continue to center queer needs, whether it’s the fight for LGBTQ+ rights or intimate profiles of queer culture throughout the year. Yamily Habib reported for Latino Rebels on the real toll of the recent drag bans on Latino performers. For Them, writer Nicole Frio wrote about Féminas Perú, an organization helping trans women in the Peruvian capital take political power into their own hands. And Quispe López wrote about What Does It Mean To Be Nonbinary?, underscoring the significant history of nonbinary folks and discussing the differences between the terms nonbinary, genderfluid, and genderqueer. Let’s remember, embracing and supporting LGBTQ+ writers and narratives should extend beyond a designated month.
SUMMER SHOWS AND MOVIES
Taina, like me, was Puerto Rican from New York; Taina, like me, went to performing arts high school and wanted to be a star. That was me. I was like, this is literally my story.Christina Vidal
Skip the beach and catch these summertime movies and shows! The sequel Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse has swung into theaters. For Remezcla, Lívia Reim talks about the successful film and why you might want to catch it more than once – rumor has it there might be different versions playing at the same time. And if you’re in the mood for a little summer romance, don’t miss the second season of With Love this summer. Ces Heredia reviews this heartwarming series that explores romance in all its forms. And ICYMI, Christina Vidal, our ultimate It-Girl is back! From Taina to her latest show Primo, Mekita Rivas interviews the talented actress that stole our hearts and discusses her career full of iconic roles. Watch Vidal in Primos this summer and hopefully beyond (we’re manifesting her next rom-com).